Maids v Drybrook (away)

Maids v Drybrook (away)

One thing that can never be said about watching Maids play at Braywick, is that supporters don’t get their money’s worth. In a game of 15 tries and 95 points last week, Maids used an early season get out of jail free card against a Cleve side who belied their lowly league position. Their backline in particular, seemed to relish the AGP, and after scoring three quick-fire tries at the beginning of the 2nd half, they had well and truly put their side in control. Fortunately, Maids, especially at home, don’t know when they are beaten. The pack turned the screw upfront, to bring them within 4 points of their opponents, and then with just a minute remaining, Dave Cole crashed over off the back of a scrum to seal the win, ably assisted by the magnificent boot of Ed Keohane, which succeeded in 7/7 attempts at goal.

This week, Maids are back on the road, travelling to the Forest of Dean, to take on league new boys Drybrook. After winning SW1 West last season, ahead of play off winners Exeter Uni, they’ve made an admirable start to life in the division, beating Exmouth at home, which has been sandwiched by away losses at Exeter Uni and Ivybridge respectively. Drybrook will know that home form is key to their survival in South West Prem this season, and will be targeting this week as an opportunity to get some points on the board. They are a young side, led by the impressive Ben Large, who recently won Rugby World’s Amateur Player of the Year- a fantastic accolade for the young Drybrook skipper, who is likely to play at 12 or 13 this week. At fly half, they have Tim Stevenson, who is an accomplished goal kicker, and he will no doubt be tasked with keeping the scoreboard ticking over for the home team.

Maidenhead will be delighted to welcome back some key players this week, Olly Foxley returns from severe sunburn incurred in the September sunshine, and Niall Crosley is back after concussion, after his Mrs belted him, for stealing her KFC. We caught up with one of the few players to emerge with credit from last week’s game, ‘The Cow’, Rorie Hannigan, to gather his thoughts…

*Name; Rorie Hannigan

*Nickname(s); Cow, Cow Head, The Cow, Rodman, Rodman Hangoon, Resh, Rozza, The Wanderer.

*Position(s); 12

*Strengths; Thick skull for head butting, laugh volume, fish hooking, 2am videos, mooing.

*Weaknesses; run like a dressage horse, pace, mobile phones, coming home on time.

*Occupation; Grass Muncher/Cow Patter/Head of Systems

*If you could be any of your teammates, who would you be and why? It would be amazing to be Big Gay Bez, after seeing his Spider Pig on the way back from Camborne. If I could that, you wouldn’t be able to stop me- I’d be Spider Pig at work, at home, rugby, everywhere.

*Which teammate would you least like to have round for dinner? Kingy, he’s got an addiction to strangling people, though I might do that to myself if he starts spouting his liberal, left-wing, hippy crap.

*What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? I thoroughly enjoy laying thick cow pats and filling my car up with petrol and asking someone else to pay for it.

*Tell us something we don’t know about you- I once did a poo in Davina McCall’s shoe.

*What are your aspirations for this season? Stay injury free throughout the season, assist the team in getting those vital away wins which will help us build on last year and knock Kingy out.

 

Dave Cole is touch and go to be ready by kick off, after Russ Bolton sent him for a run around the posts for telling a Cranton joke, whilst Don Birch has agreed to let Lewis Jones play, after he kindly offered to pay his subs in £1 weekly installments, to be finally settled in 2021. It’s a warm welcome back to Ryan Long this week, who delayed his comeback from injury last Saturday, so he could be at the club’s Ladies’ Day, whilst Will Macaulay is another returnee, and he will be starting at openside flanker, now the Bowls season is finished.

Moroccan Martin will be tasked with navigating the bus, and has sensibly set aside 4 hours for the 90 minute journey, but in the best interests of his sanity, has instructed Boughy to refrain from drinking Stella until post 11am. Sam Hallett is delighted to be out injured, which means he can focus on shoplifting for the next few Saturdays, whilst Tom King is now able to concentrate on his primary hobby, hooliganism again, under the tutelage of Ted Keohane. Alex French has food poisoning, from a dodgy baguette, but should be bag in the mix next week.

 

Maids team (caps in brackets):

 

1.       M Parrott (c) (183)

2.       M Darlington (23)

3.       A Darlington (25)

4.       A Berry (4)

5.       S Churchyard (77)

6.       T Muil (4)

7.       W Macaulay (37)

8.       D Cole (20)

9.       M Childerhouse (106)

10.   W Runciman (22)

11.   E Blewitt (15)

12.   E Keohane (107)

13.   N Crosley (2)

14.   M Roddick (14)

15.   O Foxley (1)

16.   L Jones (80)

17.   R Long (121)

18.   R Hannigan (29)

 

Come on you Maids!

 

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Maids v Cleve (home)

Maids v Cleve (home)

It’s back to home comforts this week for Maids, who returned from Cornwall last week, desperately disappointed at coming away with just a losing bonus point, which the whole squad feel was much less than they deserved. An awkward bounce of the ball away from clinching the game at the death was tough to take, but in truth, Maids should have been have been home and dry by that point. However, credit must go to a determined home side, who came flying out of the blocks after half time, and undid Maids with a superb 15 minute spell at the start of the 2nd period. We wish Camborne well for the rest of the season, they are superb hosts, and we look forward to welcoming them to Braywick in December.

 

Returning to Braywick this week, for the visit of Cleve, Maids are bolstered by a few returnees from unavailability and injury, so will be full of confidence against a side who have lost their opening two games. There are various new names in the Cleve team this year, including former Championship hooker, Dean Brooker, who has represented both Cornish Pirates and Plymouth Albion previously. The Bristol-based side are missing influential skipper, Mike Uren, and also Navy fly half, Nathan Huntley, but 2nd row James Fahey does play, and he will captain the side in Uren’s absence.

 

For the boys in magenta, it’s been a good week of training, and in an extremely exciting development, for the first time in the club’s history, and what we believe to be a unique set up, the club will field two 2nd XVs, as well as the 1st XV. The ‘Brooks XV’, fielded primarily with Maids youngsters and ex-Colts will travel to Newbury, to play their 2nd XV, whilst the ‘Penguins XV’ travel to Camberley for their fixture. Whilst many clubs are lessening their commitment to 2nd XV rugby, and struggling to field sides, we are immensely proud that we are increasing our commitment and offering more players quality playing opportunities.

 

In the 1s this week, we welcome back Dave Cole, Mike Davies and Ed Keohane, whilst Kieran Grey reverts to the bench, with Mark Childerhouse assuming his normal position of scrum half. The front 3 of Parrott and the Darlington brothers stays the same, whilst Berry switches to the 2nd row, to partner Sam Hallett, who is delighted to be the feature of this week’s interview…

 

*Name – Sam Hallett

*Nickname(s) – Sally Helmet, Sally, Schem, Karol Poborsky.

*Position(s) – Bit of a utility forward actually and extremely versatile, being able to play at both 4 and 5.

*Strengths – “Riding on Sally” on the bus, thieving, breaking roofs, goose-stepping, pony tails, getting banned from coach companies, and performing a mean rendition of “A Whole New World” by Aladdin.

*Weaknesses – New drug habit, shoe shopping, pace, Bad Boys, and I’ve got a face like a bag of spanners.

*Occupation – My main earner is Stag Do’s, I offer ‘a night out with Karol Poborsky’, where I’m usually chained to a Chelsea fan and spat at. That and robbing.

*If you could be any of your teammates, who would you be and why? Laurence Leonard for sure, he has that whole ‘is he, isn’t he?’ thing going on, which really works for him, and I love IRA pikeys.

*Which teammate would you least like to have round for dinner? I’d have to say Dave Cole. Lovely chap, but he’d arrive late, wouldn’t bring a bottle, would eat the majority of the offerings, and then slope off before the washing up commences.

*What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? As mentioned earlier, I love pikeys, so when I get the chance, I put on my big thieving coat, and go down to Tesco to see what’s on offer.

*Tell us something we don’t know about you – I once had a game of chess with Stephen Fry.

*What are your aspirations for this season? I’d like to try and out Coley from he club- grabbing too many headlines in the Advertiser that lad.

 

With Russ Bolton opting to travel with the Penguins to Camberley this week, Zoran Higgins will lead the 1st XV tomorrow, and fortunately started his half time team talk last night, so should be finished just in time for the 2nd period. Coach driver from last week, Moroccan Martin had such a good time on the lash with Umar Marriott after the game last week, that he’ll be attending Ladies’ Day at the club, along with new squeeze, ‘Kenyan Kim’. Scott Prince misses out, after injuring his shoulder, jumping into the Thames to rescue younger brother Drew, who celebrated his 18th this week by running into local restaurants slapping bar staff and bouncers, before jumping off Maidenhead Bridge. Jon Cranton will be subject to a late fitness test, with suspected ‘Turnip Cheek’, suffered on the bus last week, whilst the alleged assailant, Tom King has already earmarked the bush he’ll be stashing his phone, wallet, keys, kit bag, life savings and family jewellery in, this weekend.

 

Luckily, Max Roddick has recovered from ‘internal’ injuries, sustained after sharing a room with Sambo Churchyard last week, and the perfectly gorgeous little poppet, will start on the wing, with Mikey Davies back in in at full back after finishing 3rd in the kite-flying competition he took part in last Saturday, instead of playing rugby.

 

Cleve team:

 

  1. L Appleton
    2. D Brooker
    3. P Vinicombe
    4. J Fahey (c)
    5. T Jerrum
    6. C McCann
    7. H Johnson
    8. H Croghan
    9. J Mortimore
    10. L Kirk
    11. M Baker
    12. H Owens
    13. B Kislingbury
    14. P Tucker
    15. J Hall

    16. J Rye
    17. L Bartlett
    18. M Limmer

Maids team, caps in brackets:

  1. M Parrott (c) (182)
  2. M Darlington (22
  3. A Darlington (24)
  4. S Hallett (27)
  5. A Berry (3)
  6. T Muil (3)
  7. T King (14)
  8. D Cole (19)
  9. M Childerhouse (105)
  10. A Lubbock (5)
  11. E Blewitt (14)
  12. R Hannigan (28)
  13. E Keohane (106)
  14. M Roddick (14)
  15. M Davies (25)
  16. S Churchyard (76)
  17. L Leonard (26)
  18. K Grey (2)

Come on you Maids!

Maids v Camborne (away)

Maids v Camborne (away)

As with last season, Maids begin their travels, with the furthest one of the year, making the long trek down to the South West, to face the Cherry and Whites, Camborne. In the opening fixture of SW Premier last campaign, Camborne streaked ahead in the 2nd half, to lead by 17 points, which was nearly overturned in a valiant last quarter for the lads, but alas they come up just short, losing out 30-27.

Star of the show that day, was no doubt fly half Dave Mankee, who put on a kicking masterclass and put his side in key positions that day, and Camborne will no doubt be looking to him to control proceedings for them this week. Outside of him, centres Jake Champion and Declan Matthews will both be a threat, whilst Jon Drew upfront at tight head will lead the team as skipper.

Although happy with a bonus point win, Maids will be disappointed at conceding 28 points to Brixham, in a game in which they dominated, and in all honesty, never really looked like not winning. As is the case with most teams at this level, when chances came their way, they took them, and got points on the board.

Despite having all summer to plan their diaries, various members of the squad are unavailable this week, and coupled with some fresh injuries, there is a much-changed line up which will don the magenta shirts for this fixture. Moving up from the 2nd row, to take his place at number 8 this week, to replace Dave ‘The Flake’ Cole, is the one and only, Big Gay Bez, Andy Berry, who we spoke to this week, in an attempt to learn a little more about the mysterious red-headed sleep-enthusiast.

*Name – Andy Berry

*Nickname(s) – Bez, Bezza, Big Gay Bez, BGB, Dale, Winnie.

*Position(s) – Hybrid 5/6/8/12

*Strengths – Sleep, weight loss, jigsaw puzzles, prank phone calls to Dom.

*Weaknesses – Beer, hair colour, complexion, sunlight.

*Occupation – Sales Manager

*If you could be any of your teammates, who would you be and why? Foxley, he makes rugby look easy, and he seems to have integrated into the squad with far greater ease than I have. Maybe I’ve picked up some of Eric’s weird social habits.

*Which teammate would you least like to have round for dinner? I’d go for my inferior ginger colleague, Niall Crosley- I’ve already got sore knees from carrying him and the rest of the backs last weekend.

*What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? Golf, canoeing, playing with the Darlos, constructing model aeroplanes and trolling Myke Parrott in Whatsapp groups.

*Tell us something we don’t know about you – I passed my motorbike test this week, which means I can soon travel to and from training without listening to Andy Darlo moan about lineouts.

*What are your aspirations for this season? Maintain best ginger centre at the club status, win some silverware and avoid being seated next to Jockstrap John on the coach.

 

Unfortunately, after various driving and drugs offences, last season’s coach driver, Somalian Sam has been deported, to be replaced by Moroccan Martin, who will also double up as the club’s emergency physio, for when Mandingo Ali doesn’t bother getting out of bed. Luckily, Sam Churchyard and his weird hiking crew have raised enough cash to pay for his shoes and driving license. Eric Blewitt is a doubt for the game, having suffered a panic attack at the thought of having to socialize for 6 hours on the coach back, whilst Will Runciman is away for the weekend, with Alex French shopping for a new bag. Lawrence Leonard will be the sole squad member not wearing the new stash, after selling it to help settle his bill from the Honeypot last week, but still owes Chief Pimp, Umar Marriott £2k for his ‘upstairs activity’ with Tom King.

Maids team (caps in brackets)

 

1.       M Parrott (c) (181)

2.       M Darlington (21)

3.       A Darlington (23)

4.       S Hallett (26)

5.       L Leonard (25)

6.       T Muil (2)

7.       T King (13)

8.       A Berry (2)

9.       K Grey (debut)

10.   A Lubbock (4)

11.   M Childerhouse (104)

12.   R Hannigan (27)

13.   E Blewitt (13)

14.   S Prince (37)

15.   M Roddick (13)

16.   U Marriott (6)

17.   S Churchyard (75)

18.   J Cranton (5)

 

Come on you Maids!

 

 

 

 

Maids v Brixham (home)

Maids v Brixham (home)

A very warm welcome back to all of our supporters, who we hope are as excited about the new season as all of the coaching and playing staff. It’s been an eventful summer with some great new additions jumping aboard the Maids train, and of course, as is inevitable, a few leavers too.

Preseason has been excellent on the whole, with 3 tough fixtures against Beaconsfield, Tring and Rams (formerly Redingensians), utilising the majority of the (rather large) squad at Head Coach, Russell Bolton’s disposal. Perhaps one of the most enthusing elements of these friendlies, is the continuation of high quality rugby, despite mass changes and replacements. Without doubt, the depth of talent across the senior squad is as extensive as it’s ever been, which is pleasingly underpinned with a large contingent of local lads, and ex-Colts.

The squad have made no secret of their desire for the 1st XV to improve upon last season’s 3rd place finish, whilst the 2nd XV teams, Maids Rangers and Maids Penguins respectively, though in relatively unchartered territory, will both be striving for finishes near the top of their leagues.

With a combined 2nd XV travelling to Marlow for a ‘friendly’ this Saturday, the 1st XV kick off their league campaign against Brixham. After prevailing 50-30 at home last season, Maids lost narrowly in the reverse fixture, 6-0 in appalling conditions, with kicker Tom Putt proving the difference between the two teams that day. It’s a somewhat changed lineup that visit Braywick for this game- Tom Putt, hooker Koree Britton and second row Shek Sheriff all appear to have moved on to pastures new, but ‘The Fishermen’ will be delighted to welcome back Devon skipper Adam Thomas, who missed both games versus Maids last year through injury. New signings James McFarlane and Harrison Cully feature at tighthead and centre respectively, whilst youngster Jordan Watson has returned from New Zealand to take his place in the back row.

For Maids, Bolton hands debuts to Andy Berry aka ‘Big Gay Bez’, Todd Muil, man of the match in Maidenhead’s victorious National Colts Cup final victory last year, Niall Crosley, latest addition to the Northern Mafia, plus full back Olly Foxley. On the bench, Steve Prince’s latest protégé from the Colts’ sandpit crew, Elio Mandozzi will cover the front row. One of the new recruits from midway through last season, Eric Blewitt will start on the wing for Maids this week, and he took a few minutes out from his weird schedule to answer a few questions about himself…

Name- Eric Blewitt

Nickname(s)- George, Stodger, Stodge, ‘Weird P***k’, Polish Boy, Oleg.

Position(s)- Wing, Fullback, centre, away from the bar not talking to people, being weird.

Strengths- Running style, dress sense, choice of towel.

Weaknesses- Social skills, contributing to WhatsApp groups.

Occupation- I’m a non-speaking Project Manager for Joseph Benjamin Marquees.

If you could be any teammate, who would you be and why? I’d be Longy- he does what he wants.

Who, out of your teammates, would you least like round for dinner? Probably Pumba. He’d have a couple of bowls of ice cream with sprinkles, get a sugar high, and then start moaning about Big Don and the portion sizes at the club getting smaller. I just want to sit in silence.

Hobbies- I’m an avid dog trainer, and spend most Sundays at various dog shows around the South East, with my pet poodles, Glitter and Saville.

Tell us something we don’t know we about you- I used to play at the smelliest club in Britain, St Ives (Cambs).

What are your aspirations for this season? I’d like to stay injury-free, win the league, and place at Crufts.  

 

A massive two-fold congratulations must go to 1st XV heartthrob Ed Keohane, who earlier in the week married the lovely Ashley, but far more importantly, is winning his 100th cap this weekend. Keohane joined the Mighty Maids as an 18 year old, under ex Coach, Ricky Khan, and after some time away in Australia and New Zealand, and also spells at London Irish Amateur and Chinnor, Keohane returned home 2 seasons ago. Ed has been an almost ever-present in the team since his return to the club, playing mainly at centre, where his creativity in attack is as dangerous to opposition sides, as his defence is brutal. A fantastic clubman off the pitch, who is often seen coaching youngsters in his spare time and in possession of the 2nd best rendition of ‘A Little Respect’ by Erasure, we are proud to call him one of our own. An unfortunate administration error meant we accidentally missed Ed’s actual 100th cap last season, but we will be celebrating it this week. Many congratulations Ed, keep up the good work!

An eventful summer has seen hippy Sam Hallett develop a new drug habit, aiding his impressive weight loss, whilst Tom King has reaped the benefits of 3 months banged up in Bullendon, and comes out looking like a new man. As predicted, Ellie Birch is indeed ‘back before Xmas’, just like Cadden will be, but returned in a desperate but failed attempt to sabotage the wedding of beloved Dreamboat, Ed Keohane. The club were delighted to see Fwankie having a preseason run out during Meeester Gaweth’s holiday, but he is unlikely to see daylight for another 3 months, after being caught out by his Master, who returned early, catching him absent from his basement bedroom.

On the absentee list, Jon Cranton misses out, after a severe anti-banterial infection, whilst Lewis ‘Pumba’ Jones has strained his calf ‘running’ away with a box of Chuppa Chup lollipops from a 16th birthday party last night. Rorie Hannigan has been missing since Sunday night at the Keohane wedding, telling girlfriend Jess he’d ‘be home by midnight’. After sending various messages to his teammates followed by an unconfirmed sighting of him at Ocean Bar, Ibiza, he still hasn’t arrived home.

Brixham team:

1.       R Morris

2.       K Cane

3.       J McFarlane

4.       A Thomas

5.       S Trust

6.       J Watson

7.       J Lovell

8.       N Riley

9.       J Hext

10.   JP Simonetti

11.   A Simonetti

12.   J Lowe

13.   H Cully

14.   T Goodman

15.   C Bedwell

16.   C Smith

17.   C Bryce

18.   J Ashworth

Maids Team (caps in brackets):

1.       M Parrott (c) (180)

2.       M Darlington (20)

3.       A Darlington (22)

4.       S Hallett (25)

5.       A Berry (1)

6.       T King (12)

7.       T Muil (1)

8.       D Cole (19)

9.       M Childerhouse (103)

10.   W Runciman (22)

11.   E Blewitt (12)

12.   E Keohane (104)

13.   N Crosley (1)

14.   S Prince (36)

15.   O Foxley (1)

16.   E Mandozzi (1)

17.   L Leonard (24)

18.   A Lubbock (3)

Come on you Maids!  

 

 

Big Bez Bowls into Braywick

Big Bez Bowls into Braywick

Following the backline additions of first Niall Crossley, and then Olly Foxley, Maids have added to their forwards options, by adding Andy Berry to their already impressive armoury. Berry (‘Bez’) joins up with fellow ex Chinnor teammates Andy and Mark Darlington at Braywick, and follows Foxley down the M4 from Reading, joining from National 2 front runners, Redingensians, with whom he spent last season, earning a place in the National 2 Team of the Year, as published in the Rugby Paper.

Sadly, owing to a neck injury, Berry will be moving from his recently familiar position of tighthead prop, to a place in the back 5 of the scrum, covering back row and 2nd row, something not alien to him, as for the majority of his early rugby journey, he appeared in the back row, for both Wasps and Chinnor as a junior. After transitioning to the front row, Berry made England squads at U16 and U18 level, and later went on to represent Old Albanians in National 1, earning a call up to the England Counties squad. Talking about his decision to sign up for Bolton’s Charges, he had this to say:

 

“I have joined Maids on the basis that it is a real Rugby Club first and foremost. It has a sense of family values and the lads are all a great laugh who look out for one another. It was never an easy decision to leave my previous club, Rams, who I am thankful for a great season last year. They operate a similar sense of values and so this will be an easy transition for me. Having injured my neck and moving out of the front row, I am excited about the prospect of trying to break into the Maids 1XV somewhere else in the pack as we try and mount a promotion from SW Premier”.

 

 Berry in action for Redingensians last season

Player recruitment can often be a complex process, and the number 1 criteria when looking for new additions to the squad, is always a player’s character, and whether they will embrace the culture and values that are held in such high regard at Braywick. Various members of the squad got to know Berry socially over the last couple of seasons, and all gave glowing recommendations to Bolton, and DoR Gareth Andrews-Jones about his suitability. After conducting his research, Bolton made up his mind on Berry, and is convinced that he has the ball-carrying ability and aggression to make an impact in either the back row or 2nd row in magenta. He commented:

 

“Signing Andy is a real coup for Maidenhead RFC. He has been a really important player for Redingensians and Chinnor in recent seasons and I am delighted that he will be joining what we hope will be the most competitive pack in the league. Due to recent injury problems he is having to make the transition from front row into the back five and I’m pleased that Andy sees us as a club that will support him with that and we certainly see the potential he can offer us in those positions. I watched a number of games of his for Ensians last season and he showed a real determination and skill set to play open attacking rugby and think he will really fit in to the Maidenhead way of playing. Andy has already made a positive contribution in our early training sessions and I’m looking forward to seeing his quality in our South West Premier fixtures.”

The signing of Berry, after the announcement of Zoran Higgins last week almost concludes Bolton’s transfer business this summer, but there will soon be a rundown on some other new players to the squad, who have moved to the area, been promoted from the Academy or have joined from other local clubs. Watch this space!

 

#COYM #bleedmagenta

 

 

Higgins Commits to Maids

Higgins Commits to Maids

Maids Head Coach, Russell Bolton has pulled off another transfer coup, with the acquisition of highly rated Zoran Higgins, who will join the backroom staff, primarily working as a Forwards Coach across the senior squad.

Higgins, who has top flight playing experience with Bath and Richmond, and who occasionally still dons the boots in Vets fixtures, is a former openside flanker, and one of his primary tasks this year, will be to improve the teams’ efficiency at the breakdown, something which is an area of specialism for him. Bolton felt for a while that his squad would benefit from an expert in this area, if they are to realise their ambition of a top 2 finish this season, and after tracking Higgins for a while, he was finally able to land his man, just before the commencement of preseason, last week. He commented:

“I’m delighted to welcome Zoran as part of our coaching team for the new season. I felt it was key that going into this season we added a new voice and new ideas to help us reach our aims and when looking at coaches who could help us do this Zoran was right at the top of the list.

I have worked with Zoran since my time at Wasps so I know very well the qualities he will bring to the group. I am certain that he will be able to challenge and improve our current group of forwards who I believe have the potential to be the most dominant and dynamic pack in the league. His experience of developing young players will also be critical in helping us to ensure that young Maidenhead players are ready and able to compete for 1st XV places.

I think it shows great ambition by the club to recruit someone of Zoran’s calibre and I know both players and coaches are eager to start working with him.”

Alongside Higgins, Bolton has confirmed various other additions to his coaching unit, welcoming Jack Pattinson, Dan Jacobs and Ed Parrott to the fold, all of whom will be assisting with the running of 3 senior sides this year, in a new-look squad structure. In what we believe to be a fairly unique set up at Maids, Bolton has confirmed that the club will be entering a team into the Zoo Shield this season, alongside a parallel 2nd XV, which will remain in BBO Prem, offering more players at Maids the opportunity to play competitive rugby. The 3rd XV will be continuing in their current guise as a social XV, under the stewardship of Dewald Cilliers.

In addition to the new recruits in the coaching unit, Bolton has unveiled his Senior Leadership team for the coming campaign. Mark Darlington has been formally named Vice Captain for the squad, and will be joined by senior players Will Macauley, Richard Barber and Will Runciman, along with Myke Parrott, who will continue in his role as 1st XV captain.

Backroom staff and roles:

 

·         Gareth Andrews-Jones – Director of Rugby

·         Russ Bolton – Head Coach

·         Zoran Higgins – Forwards coach

·         Will Greenwood – Backs coach

·         Mark Bates – Assistant coach

·         Jack Pattinson – Assistant coach

·         Ed Parrott – 2nd XV Manager

·         Dan Jacobs – 2nd XV Coach

·         Rob Churchouse – S&C Coach

·         Sharlene Bertie – Head Physio

·         Sam Jarman – Psychology support

·         Steph Caitlin – Nutrition support

·         David Pepper – Environment support

·         Stephen Bough – Chairman

·         Dominic Birch – Assistant Bar Manager/Chief Cheerleader

 

Senior Leadership group:

 

·         Myke Parrott- 1st XV Captain

·         Mark Darlington- 1st XV Vice Captain

·         Richard Barber

·         Will Macauley

·         Will Runciman

 

 

These are exciting times for the club, and with many of last year’s victorious Colts looking to make the step up, as well as the likes of Leroy Meek returning from University, the club looks in great shape, ahead of what is sure to be another tough season in SW Prem.

 

With another exciting playing addition to be announced shortly, along with the return to fitness of Tom Finnie, who missed most of last season through injury, Bolton is confident that his squad has what it takes to push on now and make a challenge for National 2 South.

 

Everyone at Maidenhead RFC wishes William Cadden the very best of luck, as he has been given an opportunity to be involved with a Championship outfit and has made the move to Richmond. Will has been an integral part of the squad for the last 5 years, and we’re sure he has the quality and drive to succeed. Good luck Will!

 

Foxley comes aboard!

Foxley comes aboard!

Maids have further bolstered their backline options, with the addition of full back/winger, Olly Foxley, from National 2 high-flyers, Redingensians. Foxley, who began his rugby at Pangbourne College, before playing at Nottingham Trent, and later Reading RFC, has been at Redingensians for the past 5 seasons, and has been an almost ever-present, in a team which has risen from mid-table in Nat 3, to within touching distance of level 3 rugby, after finishing 3rd in National 2 South this year.

Commenting on his decision to hop aboard the Maids train, Foxley (pictured in action for Redingensians below) said:

 

I felt my rugby needed a refresh and I chose Maidenhead for a few reasons – firstly I think they have an ambition to play in the leagues above and with my experience, I think I can play a key role both on and off the field in helping the team progress. Secondly, as a back three player, I have the chance to play on the 4G pitch every week, which excites me, and I know Maidenhead like to play expansive and exciting rugby. Lastly, having Will involved with the club brings another level of excitement, and attraction for both players and supporters- I’m looking forward to improving as a player, and learning as much as I can from him, and the other coaches”

 

Maids looked on course for a top 2 finish, right up until the latter stages of last season, before key injuries and unavailability, particularly in the backline, dashed those hopes, being overtaken by Bournemouth, who clinched the playoff spot, unfortunately being defeated away to Guernsey. Following on from the signing of Niall Crosley last week, Head Coach Russell Bolton is clearly determined to correct the errors of the previous campaign, and he was clearly ecstatic to be able to add Foxley into his backline armory:

 

I’m delighted to be able to welcome Olly to the club. We identified early on that our back three was an area where we wanted to improve both the quality and our strength in depth and as soon as we heard of Olly’s interest it was a no brainer to try and bring him in. We were aware of Olly’s talents through some of the joint work we have done with Redingensians over the past couple of seasons and having spoken to their coach Seb Reynolds he couldn’t speak higher of Olly’s character and competitive nature. I think Olly will fit in well with what we hope will be a highly competitive backline next season that compliments the power and set piece accuracy that our forwards currently offer.”

Backs coach Will Greenwood added:

 

“I’m over the moon that Olly has elected to join Maidenhead, from such a great club like Redingensians- it’s a hugely positive sign that a player of his calibre has chosen to come down the road, and we can’t wait to get stuck into training, and hopefully learn a little from him. From the joint training sessions with ‘Ensians last year, we know Olly has great footwork, and his pace will certainly complement our backline, especially on our 4G pitch at Braywick. We’re very excited with this addition, which no doubt adds quality and depth to our squad.”

Foxley is the 2nd new signing announced at Braywick this summer, with further news of a couple more additions to be released over the coming weeks.

Everyone is delighted to welcome Olly, and his family to Braywick, and we look forward to him becoming a key part of (hopefully) a very successful campaign next year.